Take These Simple Steps to Get the Most out of Your Homes Energy Efficiency

April 20, 2017

 

A HVAC system that’s taken care of can use lower energy amounts than one that is not. Regularly having your HVAC system serviced can improve productivity and help save you money in utility costs. Luckily, there’s even more you can do to increase your home’s energy efficiency. Here are some simple steps you can take to improve your Monroe home.

  • Secure any leaks around your windows and doors. Even tiny cracks can let heat or cool air leave your house. Add caulk or weatherstripping anywhere you find leaks.
  • Use your windows. If it’s cooler after dark, turn off your AC and open the windows. After you get up in the morning, shut the windows and your curtains or blinds to trap the cooler air and to avoid heat gain through the windows.
  • Insulate your walls and attic. Insulation is generally connected to keeping your home comfortable in the winter, but it also helps you out in the warmer months. Heat is constantly looking for cooler places—like your rooms. Sufficient insulation keeps heat from going through your attic and walls.
  • Have your ducts cleaned. Air flows easier through your home when your ducts are open. That makes your air conditioner’s job less complicated.
  • Ensure your ducts are accurately sealed to block air leaks and insulate them if needed. You’re losing valuable heated or cooled air if your ducts have leaks. Correctly sealing and insulating ducts is even more crucial if they are in the attic, a vented crawlspace or any other unconditioned room.
  • Install a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats make managing your home comfort and efficiency pretty much effortless. You can automatically move your temperature when you’re out and about or when you’re sleeping while avoiding discomfort because your home’s temperature will return to normal when needed.
  • If you choose not to use a programmable thermostat, avoid setting your thermostat at a chillier setting when you turn on your air conditioner. You might think it will cool your home at a faster rate, but the time it takes to cool won’t be impacted. You’ll only cost yourself more in energy.
  • Set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible in the summer. To help keep your cooling bill inexpensive, make sure the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures is as close as possible. According to the Department of Energy, you can save as much as 10% annually on heating and cooling by simply turning your thermostat back 7° to 10°F from its average setting for eight hours a day. Using a ceiling fan in conjunction with your air conditioner can let you raise your thermostat a little more. You can raise your setting by about 4°F without impacting your comfort.
  • Limit heat-generating appliances near your thermostat. If you’re leaving lamps, tvs or other heat generating appliances around your thermostat, it can cause your air conditioner to run longer than needed because it senses heat from these appliances and thinks your home needs cooling.
  • Invest in new, energy-efficient equipment. If your HVAC equipment is more than 10 years old or not keeping up with your home-comfort needs, call Lanz Furnace and Fireplace for an check up. It might be time to replace it with ENERGY STAR®-qualified equipment that can reduce your annual energy bill by more than $115, according to energystar.gov.

If you’re interested in improving your home’s energy efficiency, call Lanz Furnace and Fireplace at 608-291-3606. Our experts can help you think about solutions, energy-efficient equipment or schedule a regular maintenance appointment. You can also schedule your appointment online using our online scheduler.